Hats are a top draw on the runway this season. We zoom in on one Singapore hatmaker and her fashion-forward creations. 

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What: Indonesian-born, Singapore-based Kristine Hakim’s millinery atelier at Mandarin Gallery (#03-20). Started in 2012, it carries one-off headpieces handcrafted by Hakim, who studied under British couture milliner Judy Bentinck (a favourite among theatre and TV stars), and at famed Parisian embroidery school L’Ecole Lesage de Broderie.

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USP: It’s the local answer to Philip Treacy. Every one of Hakim’s designs – mostly straw hats and fascinators – is whimsical and directional (read: not your typical ladylike ascot style).

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Take her latest collection “Glamour Dominatrix: Naughty Or Nice” ($450-$1,000), which would fit right into a Tim Walker editorial. Inspired by lingerie, the headpieces are covered in black lace, studs and tassels, complete with cheeky hand-embroidered phrases on the inside. Bespoke styles start from $300 and take at least two weeks to complete.

An extended version of this story appeared in Female‘s April issue, out on newsstands now.